“Leo” by Jasmine & Amanda Barillos. Photos by Raquel Alonzo
On Thursday Mar. 2, CAM WOW! stunned art-goers at Brick with their installations just in time for Contemporary Art Month. UTSA assistant professor Mark McCoin’s class of advanced new media art program students put together the show and WOWed audience members.
The class showed off their interdisciplinary performances and installations with technology. The students have been working on the installations since the beginning of the semester. “It hasn’t been very long. They’ve done really great work,” said McCoin.
There was never a dull moment during the event. Every inch of the venue was used to its full advantage and every few minutes a new piece was performed.
Some students used projectors to display their videos and photos in the background while also performing their pieces in front of the screens. Other students used their bodies alone to convey a story and reel in the audience. For example, twins Jasmine and Amanda Barillos performed a mimicry performance piece titled “Leo.” One twin would move a body part and the other would seamlessly follow the movement.
“The idea was that we’re all made in the same image,” said Jasmine. “We’re all supposed to live in unity and as one, so we’re acting as one as well.”
The twins have a touching story behind their installation; the piece is centered around their faith in God. Their grandmother was born under the zodiac sign Leo as well as the twins, which is coincidental because their grandmother was also a Christian. Their grandmother was a source of faith for them since their parents chose not to practice religion.
“(Christianity) skipped a generation,” said Jasmine.
Their piece is also centered around a quote from an English Christian evangelist Leonard Ravenhill.
“It’s also called Leo because of him,” said Amanda. “there are only two types of people in the world: those who are dead in sin or those who are dead to sin,” the quote reads.
For more information on the art and art history department and their upcoming exhibits visit art.utsa.edu.